Labrador Retriever

What Is the Price of Labrador Retriever Puppy?

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Hi, I am from kolkata, India. and decided to adopt a Labrador Retriever.
So I just want to know the price of it. there are three different color. Yellow, Chocolate, and Black.
Is there any difference in price for the color?
and what are the maintenance cost?
plz help me.

I got mine for 250, which I’d say is reasonable. He is ‘pure breed’.

Color doesn’t usually matter as far as price, unless you go for an exotic newer color, say white or gray….I’d stay away from those anyway. I’ve heard of some health problems with the new colors.

You could pay upwards of 1000 for a pure breed or more, or as low as 100 or so. Depends on the breeder. Right around 300 is a good price to shoot for…

With that said, there are a lot of ‘rescues’ you could probably get for almost free from a organization in you area or the pound.

Labs are truly the best!


What’s the Best Age to Buy a Labrador Retriever Puppy At?

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

What’s the best age to buy a Labrador Retriever puppy at? Thanks!

12 weeks or older is best. A puppy learns its socialization from its mother and siblings between the ages of 5-12 weeks in age.

yes, some states allow pups to be sold at 6 weeks and other states at 8, but 12 weeks is better for the puppy.

Is Owning a Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever Risky?

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

So my family is finally planning on getting a Labrador or golden retriever from a breeder. But after researching a bit i saw lot of negative info on their health risks. Are they really that risky in health problems such as hip dysplasia or eye problems?

I think im just scaring myself but im still kind of worried about the risks.

also if you’ve had healthy dogs what are some tips to keep them like that?

Its good that you are aware of the potential health problems in the breeds that you are interested in- now you can search for breeders who make sure to breed dogs without these health problems.
The sad fact is- most of these health problems are congenital- that is, they are passed on through poor breeding practices. They are easily avoidable- all it takes is a few tests. If the dogs dont pass the tests, they arent bred with.
It costs a fair amount of money for dogs to get him scored, elbow scored, eye tested, etc (depending on the health problems in the breed) and as a result, pups become more expensive to help pay for the cost of testing the parents.

To avoid these risks? Choose a good, reputable breeder who health screens their dogs before they breed with them. Research into hip dysplasia, luxating patella, etc- find out what tests and what scores the parents of your new puppy should have, and make sure that you choose a pup produced from healthy dogs.
If you choose a good breeder, the pup will cost more (but dont be fooled, there are plenty of bad breeders who also put high prices on puppies) but it should come with a health guarentee, with papers stating the dog’s lineage, etc, etc.
Grill the breeder to make sure that you are getting a quality pup.

Hip dysplasia can also be caused by overexercising dogs before they are fully grown, so making sure not to walk your puppy for too long, not make him jump hurdles, etc until he is 18 months old or so will also significantly decrease his chances of developing hip problems that are not genetic.

Is the Labrador Retriever Good for Blind People?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

I have a blind friend who would like a guide dog, and she said she really likes Labrador Retrievers. If I were to get her this breed of dog, is it a breed that can be trained as a guide dog for the blind?

There are MANY organizations who train guide dogs for the blind. There are also many steps beyond just "I’m blind, I’m going to go out and buy a service dog"

Simply purchasing any old puppy and expecting him to "do his job" or trying to train him yourself will likely result in failure.

I suggest that you start contacting local groups.

But to answer your question: Yes. Labrador Retrievers are probably the most used breed for service dogs.

Are There Small Version of Dogs Like Labrador Retriever, German Shepard?

Friday, November 5th, 2010

I love Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd. But they are too large for my house.
Not too small, not too large. Are there small version of them?

I don’t know of any miniatures of those breeds, but Mini Australian Shepherds are gaining popularity and you may be able to find one in your area.
They are great cause they are small/medium dogs but they tend to be calmer and quieter than your average small dog.

Is Silver One of the Colors of the Labrador Retriever Dog Breed?

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Is it acceptable that a Labrador Retriever has a coat of silver or black with some markings on it? I have seen these colors in a few dogs I perceived to be Labradors but I’m not quite sure.

Greying on an aging black Lab is acceptable. So-called "silver" Labs is NOT an accepted color and usually denotes a mis-breeding with a Weim somewhere back in the dog’s ancestry.

Which Type of Labrador Retriever Is Better?

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I want to know if a English Labrador Retriever is better, or American Labrador Retriever is better. I know that American labs are taller, and skinnier, and English Labs are shorter, and bulky. But I wanna know the differences in temperment. Is one easier to train, is one more affectionate than the other, stuff like that.
When I say train, I mean obedience training, like sit, stay, come, lie down, shake, maybe even roll over. I dont go hunting or anything like that. And is one more playful than the other?

There is only one breed, Labrador Retriever, though there may be variation in "TYPE" in different countries, the breed, which originated in Labrador (believe it or not) is the same.

You will find differences in type of pure working and pure show lines also.

It depends what you want the dog for, obviously a dog from working lines will be more athletically built and bred for it’s working ability, so therefore it should be more receptive to training. However, it’s the trainer that makes any dog good.

ETA: Any dog should be able to master basic obedience, all Labs are playful clowns, and juvenile delinquents until they are about 3 years of age! LOL


Should I Get My Labrador Retriever Another Dog to Live With?

Monday, August 9th, 2010

I’ve heard that dogs are pack dogs and need to live with other dogs but I’ve also heard they don’t have too. I’m trying to convince my parents that we should get another dog. I want to get another Labrador Retriever for my current Labrador Retriever. Is this a good idea? Or should I just keep one dog. I want another but I need all my facts to convince my parents.

There is no right or wrong answer to this. It all depends on you, your dog and your situation.

Yes, dogs are pack animals. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they need another dog. They can be quite happy with a human family as a solo dog. Some dogs actually don’t do well with another dog.

You also need to consider a few things. One big one is that when you add another dog, you are no longer the only influence on your dog. This can be good, or this can be bad. For example, my older GSD taught my Lab how to swim. Great. But before my lab came along, you could leave the dog food bag out and the GSD would not touch it. Since adding the Lab (who is food crazy), both have become counter surfers. One vocal dog can encourage another normally quiet dog to become more vocal.
Then there is the added cost. Twice the food bills, twice the vet bills, etc. In one month my Lab got sick and needed xrays and the GSD broke two teeth and had to have the roots removed. It was over $1000 in vet bills that month.
There is added time you need to spend with them. While a lot of exercise and training can be done together, it is important that some training be done apart. It is also very important to make sure they get used to being separated as well as being together. I have made the mistake of not doing this and it can be difficult.

As for actually owning two dogs, I don’t find two much more work than one. They go outside together, eat together, etc.

Personally, I will always have two dogs but I don’t think that it is completely necessary to have another for one to be happy.

Having two dogs is not a substitute for attention from you or exercise. Just because they can entertain each other or keep each other company does not mean they need any less attention or exercise.

How Do You Tire Out a Labrador Retriever?

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

I’m 13 years old, and i have a three year old labrador Retriever. I just took him for a ten minute walk, and then played fetch for another five-seven minutes. He is now laying on the floor, and he just sighed.
How long should you walk a Labrador Retriever so that he is happy?

The best way tire your dog out is to go on a long 15-20 minute run with it. yeah it doesnt sound like a long time, but when your running it gets tiring after about 15 minutes. but if your just walking i would walk your dog for about 30-45 minutes. Either running or walking, it should be done with your dog at least 2 times a day

What Are the Symptoms of a Pure Golden Labrador Retriever?

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

can you please tell me how is the tail of labrador of 5 months?how can i make my labrador fat?which is the better feed for labrador retriever dogs,royal canin or pedigree?

Labs come in three colors, Yellow (not golden), Black and Chocolate.

If you have questions about the physical traits of a Lab, the breed standard is where to look. Your question was not asking in the US, so you could go to the FCI (international) standard.

You don’t make your lab fat. Overweight dogs are prone to a multitude of health problems. Labs in particular are susceptible to excessive weight gain.